Mike Andrews, a lawyer in our Personal Injury & Products Liability Section, sent in a verse. Mike was just selected as Litigator of the Year for the firm. He say that after all his trial prep work is done, each night during trial he reads Joshua chapter 1:6-9. Mike says: “I am strengthened and at peace when I have made all the preparations for the coming day and then specifically instructed to be strong and courageous as I lead my clients who depend on me. We are told to not be afraid or discouraged but instead to be strong in the face of adversity and obstacles because we are on the right path.”
Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua chapter 1:6-9
Brenda Newton, who works at Pickwick Antiques, furnished three timely verses for this issue. She says even our suffering can be utilized for God’s plan if we persevere and trust Him through it.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; preservice, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3
Not only that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goad, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12
Brenda says that even Paul considered himself a work in progress, but we should not let our shortcomings keep us from pressing forward. In 2018, let us advance closer to the dreams that God has put in our hearts.
And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? Ester 4:14
Brenda says; “Maybe we are not royalty, but when we take the positions God has placed us in we have the opportunity to change our families and communities for the better. May we use these positions of authority for God’s glory.”
Sonny Wills, another lawyer in our firm, supplied two timely verses for us this month.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8
Sonny reminds us that God loves us and wants what’s best for us. In the midst of life’s trials and tribulations, Sonny also reminds us that it’s imperative for us to be confident and trust in the fact that with God all things are possible. He says God is our great sustainer and will never abandon us and that is absolutely correct.
Soo Seok Yang, also a lawyer in our firm, has been a real inspiration to all of us at Beasley Allen. He furnished a verse and had this to say:
Each year, my wife and I prayerfully think about and ask God for a “keyword” for that specific new year which works as a vision, goal or motivation that we hold on to throughout the year. We have experienced God’s blessings the way the keyword would represent. Sometimes the word is given through the Scriptures we read or a sermon we hear, or sometimes through the experiences and incidents of an important nature. Sometimes the word is a noun, just like this past year’s “Upgrade,” and other times it is a verb, “Go & Conquer” or an adjective “New.” I remember, in the year with “New,” we had asked God to renew ourselves.
We witnessed to His faithfully making new every aspect of our lives spiritually and physically throughout the year, which included NEW babies as well – one born in that year and the other conceived that year! Even the new house that my family ended up moving into was in as newly created neighborhood whose name is “New Park.”
For this new year 2018, my wife and I agreed on the word “Deep.” We want our relationship with God, and our family and friends to grow deeper and our faith and knowledge in trusting Him and knowing Him much deeper than what has been. Thinking of this, the very first Bible verse that comes to mind is this:
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33
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